Online Flamenco Studio

LIVE Workshop!

May 20-22, 2022 in Long Beach, California

What's the quickest way to make progress in your flamenco dancing? It's working with live musicians, hands down!

Why? Because it can be super scary in the beginning because of ALL the things that can go wrong!

  • You get out of compás because you're nervous.
  • You rush and then can't keep up with yourself.
  • You can't "hear" the singer actually singing because you're so wrapped up in trying to *do* your choreography.  
  • You don't understand how to *lead* and *follow* within your dance.

So, what do you need to know, then, to be able to dance confidently with live musicians whether it's in a student show, a juerga or even in tablao? Compás. Structure. Improvisation.

Is this even possible if you're an advance beginner? YES! How about an intermediate dancer? DEFINITELY! 

Join Rina Orellana and special guest musicians for an intensive weekend where you'll feel the compás, structure and aire guide you so that you can dance your choreography and even improvise with confidence.

TABLAO 101 Weekend Workshop 

Even if you're nowhere near ready to perform!!


Even if you're an advanced dancer, you MUST always work on compás. We will make sure that you are able to stay in compás or get back into it. This will ultimately help in dancing with live music and improvisation.


All dances have a structure and a flow. Understand this and you'll be able to "mandar" (take command) in your solo, communicate with the musicians with your movement and be ready to improvise.


Once you understand the structure, then you'll be able to improvise: adjust your dancing to follow the singer, follow the guitarist's falseta and "breathe" overall throughout your dance.


This is NOT just technique and choreography! This is learning those elements AND applying it to live music as you lead and follow the musicians.... EVEN IF YOU'RE NOWHERE NEAR READY OR WILLING TO PERFORM!

This is a chance to learn the nuances of flamenco first hand -- the stuff you're NEVER taught in class

Dancing with live musicians is a way to truly deepen your flamenco practice and understanding. It's one thing to copy the teacher and a whole other thing to dance on your own IN COMPAS with musicians.

During this 3 day workshop, you will learn (depending on your level):

  • A quick, simple Solea por Bulerías choreography for tablao
  • How to structure a solo
  • How to improvise within the solo
  • How to communicate with musicians
  • How to get back on track and in compás when things go wrong during your dance.
  • Plus a quick Bulerias por Fiesta!

You can expect expert and personal feedback with Rina's 25 years of flamenco experience.

Also included in the weekend:

  • Picnic reception Friday afternoon after class at nearby park
  • Optional shopping trip to Flamenco West in Playa del Rey on Saturday morning before class.
  • Optional flamenco dinner show Saturday night at Cafe Sevilla, Long Beach
  • A chance to see all of your compañeras LIVE!


This workshop is open to advanced beginners through advanced levels. This is NOT for new beginners. (I'm sorry!)

It's ok if you're not even close to being able to perform or really have no desire to perform. But this will be an invaluable experience to being able to dance independently and confidently with live music.

Everything will be adaptable to your own level. However, you must:

  • Have a firm grasp of the 12 count compás
  • Be able to dance simple marcajes (marking steps)
  • Be experienced in basic footwork

If you're an advanced beginner, your focus will be to gain the confidence of the compás in your body so that you can dance a combination by yourself whether it's with Solo Compas, palmas or with a singer and guitarist.

If you're an intermediate dancer, you will focus more on listening to the nuances of the guitarist and singer and being able to improvise marcajes in between choreographed combinations.

If you're an advanced dancer, then you will focus on being able to set the tempo, listen and adjust your marcaje with the cante and being able to "breathe" and improvise within your solo.


Friday, May 20, 1-3pm- WORKSHOP

Understand the structure of Solea por Bulerías

Learn a super simple, quick choreography so you can adapt it with the musicians. We'll use Solo Compas and practice our palmas for each other.

Friday, May 20, 3:30-5pm- PICNIC

At Bluff Park after the workshop

Saturday, May 21, in the morning, time TBD- (OPTIONAL) Flamenco Shopping Trip

Get all your flamenco supplies (shoes, shawls, castanets, fringe and more!) at Flamenco West in Playa del Rey with a special, by appointment-only trip.

Saturday, May 21, 1:30-4:40pm- WORKSHOP

Practice your skills of keeping the compás steady, following and guiding the guitarist with the choreography. 

Saturday, May 21, 6:30pm- (OPTIONAL) Flamenco Dinner Show

Watch Rina and other of LA's finest flamenco artists for a dinner show at Cafe Sevilla in Long Beach. This show is separate and reservations must be made directly with the restaurant.

Sunday, May 22, 12-3pm- WORKSHOP

We finish up the workshop with a full practice of our cuadro skills as we work with both the singer and guitarist. 


The dance workshops will be held at Studio M Dance Academy, 324 Redondo Ave., Long Beach, CA 90814 (in Los Angeles County)


$400 paid in full

or 4 payments of $110



Accommodations are not included.

Long Beach is an exciting city with many economical and lovely rentals via Airbnb and VRBO in Bluff Heights, which is walking distance to the studio.

Short-term rentals or hotels in the surrounding coastal areas near the studio include: Belmont Shores, Bluff Park, Alamitos Beach and the Waterfront.


Transportation is not included.

I recommend you stay close to the studio and team up with others to Lyft on various excursion or rent a car.

Fly into Long Beach Airport.

Cancellation Policy

There are no refunds for workshops to students who fail to attend. Students who cancel within 14 days of the workshop start date will be given a refund. Rina Orellana Flamenco & the Online Flamenco Studio reserve the right to cancel or change the date of any workshop due to insufficient enrollment or unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to notify registrants in a timely manner should this occur and full refunds will be issued.

Flamenco Dinner Show

The dinner show on May 21, 6:30pm, is at Cafe Sevilla, Long Beach and is a separate fee. You must make reservations online for this 3-course meal and show. Cost is $89.50 per person, but use code "LaSole" for $10 off AND you'll be seated at community tables so you can be with all of our workshop flamencas!


I'm a beginner, can I come?

I'm sorry, but this workshop is not for you. You must have some experience in flamenco and be able to dance comfortably in the 12 count.


How much experience do I *really* need to do this?

If you're an "advanced beginner" and you understand the 12 count, have experience with various marcajes and taconeos, then you'll be fine! This will be a great opportunity to  engrain the compás in your body even more.

If you're an intermediate dancer, then this will propel you to find ways to express yourself more confidently.

If you're an advanced dancer


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